The Sting II (1983)

“[Pointing his finger] Don’t you ever call me a hustler.” – Fargo Gondorff

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A group of con men join forces in order to try and fix a boxing match.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I had so many high hopes for due to the fact that it is a sequel to an amazing film and that it has a stellar cast.

Unfortunately, none of those factors could help make things more enjoyable to watch.

The movie’s run time is around 100 minutes, yet it drags along far too much and fails to capture the interest of the viewer due to the way that it is presented.

The story churns along at a terrible pace and they never manage to give the viewer characters that one could root for because they all seem either too bland or too far fetched along the way.

The connection to the original film is quite thin and doesn’t hold up even on small scrutiny which is a shame.

The fact that this movie has Jackie Gleason, Teri Garr, Mac Davis, Oliver Reed and Karl Malden also doesn’t help make things any more enjoyable on any level.

I assume that they presented this as a sequel in order to make people believe that it is much better than it really is, but it is so far removed from the original and is actually quite horrendous when trying to compare the two.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One reason that Jackie Gleason was cast in this movie when Paul Newman wasn’t going to appear is that Gleason had played Minnesota Fats opposite Newman’s Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler (1961), one of the most famous other classic con movies in film history. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)


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